Calendar and Readings

1 Welcome, syllabus review, getting to know you games.

No readings assigned.

Buy at Amazon Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. "Entering Class Discussions" and "Reading for the Conversation." In They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. ISBN: 9780393935844.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon McLuhan, Marshall. "The Medium is The Message." In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. MIT Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780262631594.

3 Buy at Amazon Ong, Walter. "The Orality of Language." In Orality and Literacy. Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415538381. [Preview with Google Books]  
4 Buy at Amazon Sontag, Susan. "In Plato's Cave." In On Photography. Penguin Books, 2010. ISBN: 9780141035789. "24 Hours" notes due
5 Kim Vaeth lectures on writing. Bring a copy of your "24 Hours" notes to class.  
6 Buy at Amazon Solnit, Rebecca. "The Annihilation of Time and Space." In River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. Penguin, 2004. ISBN: 9780142004104. [Preview with Google Books]  
7 Buy at Amazon Chatman, Seymour. "What Novels Can Do That Films Can't (And Vice Versa)." In Critical Inquiry: The Process of Argument. Michael Boylan. Westview Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780813344522.  
8 Buy at Amazon Dyer, Richard. "The Light of the World." In White. Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415095372. [Preview with Google Books]  
9 No new readings assigned. "24 Hours" paper due

Buy at Amazon McKee, Alan. "What Is Textual Analysis?" Chapter 1 in Textual Analysis: A Beginner's Guide. SAGE Publications Limited, 2003. ISBN: 9780761949930. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Fiske, John. "The Codes of Television." In The John Fiske Collection: Television Culture. Routledge, 2010. ISBN: 9780415596473. [Preview with Google Books]


Read these readings before you view Do the Right Thing. Directed by Spike Lee. Color, 120 min. 1989.

11 Buy at Amazon Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkheimer. "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception." In Dialectic of Enlightenment. Stanford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780804736336. [Preview with Google Books]  
12 Buy at Amazon Barthes, Roland. "The World of Wrestling." In Mythologies. RHUK, 2009. ISBN: 9780099529750.  
13 Buy at Amazon Geertz, Clifford. "Thick Description: Towards an Interpretive Theory of Culture." In The Interpretation of Cultures. Basic Books, 1977. ISBN: 9780465097197. [Preview with Google Books] Media Analysis paper due

Buy at Amazon McKee, Alan. "How Do I Know What's a Likely Interpretation?" Chapter 4 in Textual Analysis: A Beginner's Guide. Sage Publications Limited, 2003. ISBN: 9780761949930. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Radway, Janice. "The Readers and Their Romances." In Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. The University of North Carolina Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780807843499. 

Interviewing workshop.

15 Revision workshop with Kim Vaeth."Media Analysis 1.0" papers returned.

No new readings assigned.
16 Buy at Amazon McLaughlin, Thomas. "Pedagogy and Vernacular Theory." In Street Smarts and Critical Theory: Listening to the Vernacular. University of Wisconsin Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780299151744. [Preview with Google Books]  
17 Hall, Stuart. Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse. University of B'ham., Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1973. ISBN: 9780704404571.  

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Juul, Jesper. "The Classic Model of Games." In Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds. MIT Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780262516518.

Buy at Amazon Fernandez-Vara, Clara. "Preparing for the Analysis." In Introduction to Game Analysis. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 9780415703277.



Watch and discuss La Jetée. Directed by Chris Marker. Black & White, 28 min. 1962.

Media Analysis paper revision due

Interview transcripts due

20 Visit the Trope Tank, Nick Montfort's lab  
21 Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green. "Where Web 2.0 Went Wrong." In Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked. NYU Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780814743508. [Preview with Google Books]  
22 Buy at Amazon Gitelman, Lisa. "Media, Materiality, and the Measure of the Digital; or, the Case of Sheet Music and the Problem of Piano Rolls." In Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Edited by Lauren Rabinovitz and Abraham Geil. Duke University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780822332411. [Preview with Google Books]  
23 Buy at Amazon Jenkins, Henry. "Introduction: Worship at the Altar of Convergence." In Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. NYU Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780814742952. [Preview with Google Books]  
24 No new readings assigned. Media Research Paper presentations
25 No new readings assigned. Media Research Paper presentations (cont.)

Wrap up. Discuss class improvements.

Buy at Amazon Turkle, Sherry. "Always On." In Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Basic Books, 2012. ISBN: 9780465031467. [Preview with Google Books]

Shirky, Clay. "Does The Internet Make You Smarter?" The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2010.

Media Research Paper due